Dancers' Career Development (DCD) has been supporting professional dance for over 40 years. We help dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career by giving them the confidence and skills they need to keep working beyond dance.

DCD is the only organisation of its kind in the UK and is a world leader in dancer transition


Dancers' Career Development proudly presents:

Dancers' Career Development is thrilled to share with you the release of ‘A Dancer's Journey’ - a moving and powerful short film that follows the emotional arc of the feelings faced by dancers as they move towards and through the end of their performing career.

Featuring the beautiful Eve Mutso, DCD supported dancer and former Principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, and written and directed by the visionary Emma Flett, former dancer and film maker.

Find out more about the making of the film and film premiere here.


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Read all our latest news in our Autumn newsletter!


Booking for EVOLVE London West End is Open!

EVOLVE comes to London’s West End for the first time this November supported by Delfont Mackintosh. Find out more about what happens at EVOLVE here.

Book now by clicking here.

  • Date: Monday 20 November 2017
  • Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Venue: Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, W1D 6AS
  • Facilitated by: Isabel Mortimer, DCD Director of Coaching and former professional dancer
  • Price: Early bird: £30 until 6 November, Full price: £35 - includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Please contact us on 020 7831 1449 or ellen@thedcd.org.uk if cost is a barrier to you attending. Limited subsidised places are available.

This programme is kindly supported by the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund.


Watch what happened at a previous EVOLVE London workshop!


Ready to Lead?

Applications are open for The Clore Leadership Programme’s June 2018 residential Short Course.

This is a 2-week intensive, residential retreat will give you the essential knowledge, confidence and skills required of cultural leaders today.

Bursaries are available for those for whom cost may be a barrier to applying. DCD, with support from the Linbury Trust, offers bursaries for dancers to undertake the Clore Leadership Programme's Emerging Leaders and Short Courses.

Join a Twitter Q & A with Clore staff on Thursday 9 November, 1pm-2 pm where they can answer all your application and course questions using #CloreQandA.

Closing date for applications is noon, Wednesday 15 November, 2017.

We'll also be holding a Clore Open Afternoon & Q&A here at the DCD Transition centre at 2-4pm on 12 December - more details to follow soon.

Find out more and apply here.


'Reflections on Life After Dance'

Check out and share this latest Dancing Times blog featuring DCD!

Read it here.


'Career Transitions: The Power and Potential of Dancers'

DCD also appears in One Dance UK's latest edition of its 'One' Magazine', the Careers Issue, with a piece written by DCD Executive Director, Jennifer Curry.

Read it here:

One Magazine Sept 2017
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Top Tips from DCD’s Inspiration and Training Day at Facebook HQ

What happens when you take 60 dancers into Facebook’s London HQ for the day?

That’s what we found out at our Inspiration and Training Day, part of DCD’s Career Insights Programme.

We were given first hand insights into HR recruiting for people changing careers, personal accounts of career transitions from professionals working in motorsports, opera and dance as well as practical tools and guidance on using social media in leveraging your next project.

Top 3 tips from the day:

  • Be open minded and believe that you're more capable than you think you are


  • Highlight what makes you stand out from the crowd on your CV - your professional dance background is a real differentiator!


  • If you are passionate about a new opportunity just get a foot in the door and figure the rest out afterwards


Huge thanks go to all at Facebook who welcomed and looked after us so warmly, in particular to Charles Knoblich, Leonie Cassidy, Anna Bishop Rehrig, Karin Thyselius-Schumacher, Jason Mills, and Leigh Thomas.


#IamDCD Across the Country!

The past weeks have been a whirlwind of DCD events all over the country – connecting with our DCD supported dancers at our Alumni gatherings in London, Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham.

These free events brought together dancers from all genres and at all stages of career transition, carving out fascinating new careers in a huge range of fields, from fashion design to medicine and opera to PR.

Thank you to all who came along – you’re such an inspiration to all of us here at DCD and to other dancers.

We can’t wait to bring our Alumni events back to each of these cities in 2018!


We’re having a makeover…

Exciting things are happening at the DCD Transition Centre – we’re having a makeover and will be launching a new website late summer…watch this space!


Help us reach our target!

DCD is raising funds to provide two Financial Retraining Grants, allowing professional independent dancers to expand upon their unique skills and strengths and gain additional experience and expertise in the career field of their choice.

No donations too small or large! Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated.

Spread the word using #DCDBoundless.

Click here to watch our appeal film and donate..


For more of DCD's latest news click here

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Plouviez House
19-20 Hatton Place
London EC1N 8RU

Tel: (0)20 7831 1449

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